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Spring school holidays

Thursday, 17 September 2009

There's plenty of family-fun at Auckland Museum throughout the school holidays, 26 September-11 October.

The immensely popular Night at the Museum programme returns; this time around children are invited to use their wits to hunt for the rare Spitfire Orchid. There's also the Dangerous Museum for Boys and Girls pack, which allows kids to identify ancient fossils, discover bizarre bugs and so much more. Families can Roll In, Roll Out of our Stevenson Discovery Centre, an interactive place to explore the wonderful world of nature. And our new exhibition, Wonderland: The Mystery of the Orchid is free for children.

Night at the Museum: Wonderland: Hunt for the Spitfire Orchid

26, 30 September & 4, 6, 8, 30 October, 6-9pm

Come armed with a torch and your imagination to explore the Museum at night. The galleries will be alive with Wonderland-inspired characters. Meet flower fairies, an intrepid orchid hunter, and characters straight out of Lewis Carroll's books. Why is that white rabbit always so late? Basil, our resident Dryosaur will also be there with his daughter Gertie to add to the excitement.

Dangerous Museum for Boys and Girls

26 September-11 October, 10am-5pm
Suitable for ages 6 years and older

Auckland Museum is dangerous these school holidays. Take a dangerous trail around the Museum to discover heroic tales of adventure. Uncover terrifying bugs, try your hand at knot tying, paper plane making and code cracking. You can even find out what it takes to start a Spitfire engine. A fantastic way for brave boys and girls (and mums and dads) to spend their holidays!

Roll In, Roll Out Activities

26 September-11 October, 10am-12pm & 1.30-3pm
Stevenson Discovery Centre

During the holidays kids can get creative with our cool craft activities. Embellish and paint your own glass tumbler using a variety of orchids as inspiration. Personalise your own special badge and let your imagination fly. Discover the parts of an orchid by constructing your own paper-holder. Using a variety of special orchid pieces, assemble an acetate mega-magnet. You can also stitch your own fabric floral creation on to a stylish tote bag.

Wonderland: The Mystery of the Orchid

On now, 10am-5pm
Special Exhibitions Hall

Kids are invited to step into a magical world of sensory experience and storytelling to explore the mysterious orchid. Wonderland is an exhibit for the whole family that tells the story of an amazing flower family that has ignited our imaginations throughout the ages. Best of all, it's free for children!

Fabulous Fridays Craft Activities

2 & 9 October, 11am

Give your imagination a work-out with amazing craft demonstrations. A great idea for mums and daughters (but boys are more than welcome!).

For The Kids: Stevenson Discovery Centre

Open every day, 10am-5pm
Children Free

Our Stevenson Discovery Centre is an interactive place for kids to explore the sometimes weird, sometimes wacky, but always wonderful world of nature. Best of all it’s free for children!